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|A torn Achilles' kept Akers on the shelf for nearly all the regular season in 2021, but he returned to serve as the team's primary back during the Super Bowl run. Back at full health, the Rams expected Akers to serve in that role throughout 2022. Instead, he worked behind Darrell Henderson out of the gate and was publicly called out by McVay about a lack of urgency. The relationship between club and player deteriorated to the point that Akers was made a healthy inactive while the team looked to move him before the trade deadline.
The two sides ultimately reconciled, and the former Seminole put together some decent performances down the stretch, highlighted by three consecutive 100-plus-yard outings to close the year. It's like 2020 when the then-rookie took over as RB1 over the final month and into the postseason, fueling hype for a breakout that was derailed by the Achilles' injury.
Entering Year 4, it's still not clear what the Rams have in Akers. He has flashed game-changing ability, but he's been unable to sustain it. Despite playing in a typically pass-happy offense, he's never shown any aptitude as a pass catcher, managing just 27 receptions in 29 career games. Still, Akers has drawn praise during the offseason from McVay, who said the back will be a "central figure" on offense. He's a risk/reward RB3.
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